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What You Need to Know About Tooth Extraction

You’re used to losing teeth as a child but what might come as a surprise is that sometimes you might need to lose one in adulthood as well. Even as an adult when you have your permanent teeth in, it might be necessary to have a tooth extraction. This dental procedure involves having your tooth pulled and could be necessary for some reasons.

Why You Might Need a Tooth Extraction

Below are a few of the reasons why the dental team at Creative Dental might recommend that you have a tooth extracted:

1. Your mouth is crowded

If you need orthodontic treatment, it might be recommended that one or more teeth be pulled to make more room in your mouth. This could be the case if your teeth are too large for your mouth and they are going to be too difficult to align unless more room is created.

If a particular tooth is not able to break through the gum because there isn’t enough room for it, your dental team might suggest pulling it. This is often the case when it comes to wisdom teeth. These third molars often tend to be overly large while the space they are trying to fill is smaller than the typical one found in your mouth. Opting for oral surgery before your wisdom teeth attempt to erupt fully could save you considerable pain.

2. Your tooth is damaged or decayed

If you have an accident or an injury and your tooth is damaged, it could be impossible to save. In this case, it might be better for your overall health to pull the tooth. Another reason is if your tooth is decayed to the pulp — which is the center of your tooth where the blood vessels and nerves are located. If this is the case, bacteria have an easy way to enter the pulp which, left untreated, could lead to an infection.

Sometimes, if it’s caught early enough, a root canal could be required. Antibiotics might also be prescribed. If these two tactics don’t work, though, it’s best to have the tooth extracted to stop the infection from spreading.

3. You have periodontal disease

Periodontal disease — which is the infection of the bones and tissues that support the tooth — can cause a tooth to loosen if it’s not addressed early enough. If this is the case, it might be recommended that you have the tooth or teeth extracted.

4. You’re at risk for infection

A person who has a compromised immune system, the possibility of having an infection in your tooth is likely going to be a reason to pull it. You might have a compromised immune system if you are going to have an organ transplant or if you are undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

In many cases, good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can help prevent some of the more common reasons for tooth extraction. It may be time for you to schedule an appointment with Creative Dental.

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Everything You Need to Know About Dentures!

Dentures are a popular dental treatment for those people who are missing teeth. While everyone probably has a family story about Uncle Bob’s ill-fitting dentures, the options available today are far superior to those that your Uncle Bob got fitted for. Whether you are researching dentures for yourself or a loved one, the Creative Dental blog aims to take the guesswork out of them.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are a removable dental device that is designed to replace any missing teeth in your mouth. Two types are available, and the one that’s recommended for you depends on how many of your teeth are missing. Complete dentures are designed to replace all of your natural teeth. A partial denture is used if you still have some of your natural teeth.

Complete Dentures

Complete or full dentures can be further broken down into two categories. Immediate dentures are designed to be worn as soon as your teeth are removed. A major advantage of this type of full dentures is that you don’t have to be without your teeth as you wait for your mouth to heal completely. It’s important to remember though, that your gums and bones shrink over time, particularly during the period after your teeth are removed. For this reason, intermediate braces require more adjustments to ensure that they fit properly as your mouth heals. It’s recommended that these dentures be used only until your conventional dentures can arrive.

Conventional dentures are made only after your teeth have been extracted, and your gum tissue has started healing. In general, you can expect between 8 and 12 weeks to elapse in between the removal of your teeth and the placement of your dentures.

Partial Dentures

A removable dental device, partial dentures are sometimes called a dental bridge. It features fake replacement teeth that are in the place of your missing teeth. These replacement teeth are connected to a base made out of plastic that is either pink or the color of your gums. Sometimes metal framework is also needed as a connection between the dentures and your existing teeth. Partial dentures are often the ideal solution when you still have healthy natural teeth that are remaining in either your lower or upper jaw.

Caring for Your Dentures

Taking proper care of your dentures will help prolong their lifespan and protect their good looks. Be sure to remove them and rinse them thoroughly with cool water. Handle them carefully without bending or damaging them. Use a soft-bristled brush and denture cleanser, if your dentist recommends it, to clean your dentures. Carefully remove any debris or food. Soak your dentures overnight in a special solution. Before you use them again, be sure to rinse them thoroughly to remove all of the denture solutions.

Contact Creative Dental if you have missing teeth and are concerned about your smile. We work closely with you to find the right reconstructive solution to meet your needs.

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The Advantages of Choosing a Family Dentistry Practice

Whether you are selecting a general practitioner, a dermatologist, or a pediatrician for your children, choosing a medical provider requires a little bit of research and careful consideration. The same process applies to choosing a dental provider as well. You may have many questions when considering a new dental practice, and you wonder if your children need a separate pediatric dentist.

You may wonder if you all of your family’s needs can be met by one practice and one dentist. If you are in need of a dentist for your family, consider the advantages of a family dentistry practice.

Convenience

Busy families may find that the convenience of a family dentist is the biggest advantage to choosing a family dentist to care for their oral health needs.

  • Ease of scheduling: No need to schedule the kids’ appointments across town from your dentist. All of your family’s dental needs can be met under one roof, which makes scheduling much easier for you!
  • All of your care in one place: As children get older, there is no need to switch their dental practices (pediatric to general). From the first tooth and beyond, we can manage your dental needs, even as you grow.

Atmosphere

When choosing a family dentist, a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere of the office plays a big role in the comfort of patients from the moment they walk in the door. Whether you are bringing a shy five-year-old or a nervous elderly family member to an appointment, the atmosphere of our office comforts patients of all ages. Patients, especially the children, will enjoy watching TV during their cleanings, while adults take comfort in the massaging dental chairs.

From tots to seniors, the atmosphere of our office will leave all of our patients feeling at ease.

Preventative care

Like a traditional dental practice, a family dentistry practices offer preventative care to patients. The difference is that family dentists are knowledgebase in caring for every member of your family. Preventative care services include:

  • Routine cleanings: The American Dental Association recommends that individuals six months of age and older keep routine cleaning appointments as part of a healthy oral plan of care.
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Thorough examinations

Preventative care is an important part of dentistry as this can help detect small issues before they develop into larger problems.

Knowledge and expertise

Another advantage to choosing a family dentistry practice is that every member of your family benefits from the knowledge and expertise of the dentist. You’ll never have to worry about your child’s tooth extraction or your filling; Dr. Banker is knowledgeable of general dentistry services for all ages:

How can Creative Dental serve your family?

As your entire family grows comfortable with our practice, you’ll find it easy to stay on track with your routine cleanings every six months. If you have questions about family dentistry or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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Your Child and Dental Braces

Today, with the great healthcare that’s available to people in the United States — including dental care from Creative Dental in New Jersey — many parents are always alert for any health issues that might arise in their children. After all, how many times have you heard that early care provides a better outcome? As a parent, you want only the best for your child, so you want to be on top of any issues that might arise.

Does Your Child Need Dental Braces?

Children seem to grow in spurts and drips. Sometimes it might seem like your child’s limbs, and body is proportionate to each other. At other times, though, it can seem like their legs and arms are too long for their body, and you might wonder if they’ll ever grow into them.

Teeth that appear to be too big

The same can be said about their teeth as well. This is especially true as your child’s permanent teeth come in. As a parent, you likely look at your child’s teeth and wonder if they are too big for his or her mouth. Will there be enough space for all of the permanent teeth that are supposed to erupt? This is a real concern for many parents given the large size of their child’s permanent teeth in comparison to the baby teeth.

Crooked teeth

Another issue that parents often fear is that their child’s permanent teeth are crooked as they become visible in their mouth. Perhaps you have an overbite or an underbite, and you see evidence that your child might have inherited this trait from you. For many parents, the front teeth are more of a concern when it comes to their crookedness. However, even if your child’s bottom teeth are crooked, it can cause you to become concerned.

Gaps between the teeth

Gaps between your child’s teeth are also a cause for concern for many parents. This is especially true if the gap in question is between his or her front teeth because it is more visible. Not only do you as a parent notice it more readily but you are also aware that your child’s peers and other important people in their lives will notice it as well. Being able to determine if a gap in your child’s teeth will close up on its own as your child grows and matures can be difficult to determine without the proper training and experience in dental issues.

Your childhood experiences

If you are like most parents, you want your child to have everything you did not. Maybe your parents didn’t think you needed dental braces or weren’t able to afford them. You would then be more determined than ever for your child to get the dental care he or she needs.

One of the best things you can do to ensure that your child has the care they need — including dental braces, if necessary — is to keep to the checkup schedule that is recommended. For many children, this is every six months. During those visits, Creative Dental will access the possibility of your child needing dental braces.

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What You Need to Know about Luxury Dental Services

What do you think of when you hear the word “luxury”? Most people might envision a soothing spa, a hot stone massage, or a day spent at the salon. Luxury services extend far beyond just pampering the outside of your body; luxury services can be applied to dental treatments too! Luxury dental services can enhance your experience at the dentist.

What does luxury mean?

It is easy to think of examples of things that are luxuries, but what does luxury mean? At its simplest definition, luxury is something that is not essential but provides comfort and pleasure. Understanding this, it is easy to see how luxury dental services are important to creating a positive experience at the dentist’s office.

The link between luxury and cosmetic dentistry

While having a cavity filled is not luxurious, it may be necessary. However, there are plenty of dental services that do provide pleasure. Welcome to the world of cosmetic dentistry! Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your smile, something that definitely can give you great joy – and a boost in confidence.

You can bask in the luxury of a renewed smile with the following cosmetic dental services:

It’s important to note that all cosmetic dental procedures are not as “comfortable” as other luxury services like a massage, a hot shave, or a pedicure. The luxury here is that, at the end of the day, these services do give us pleasure. Studies show that smiling and having a smile that makes you happy, can boost your self-confidence and your mood. While a teeth whitening may not cause as much anxiety as an appointment for dental implants, Creative Dental aims to create the most relaxing environment for such services.

Stress, relaxation, and dentistry: Oh my!

Many individuals experience anxiety while at their dental appointments. The American Dental Association acknowledges that visits to the dentist can cause major anxiety, and they recommend that dentists actively employ relaxation techniques to soothe their patients. Luxury dental services address this issue directly.

With sedation dentistry, the focus is on relaxation. The dentists at Creative Dental offer multiple levels of sedation to ensure that your appointment is both a positive experience and relaxing experience.

  • Oral sedation
  • IV sedation
  • Full sedation under the supervision of a physician

Local anesthetics are used in connection with the sedation allowing you to feel comfortable and relaxed whether you have one or three procedures scheduled.

How can Creative Dental help you?

Are considering a Smile Makeover or other luxury cosmetic dental services? Perhaps you’ve always wondered about teeth whitening, but never had the time? Perhaps the one-hour teeth whitening is right for you. Contact us, and we can get you on the path to the perfect smile.

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Is Family Dentistry Right For You?

Between school drop-offs, soccer practices, rehearsals, and driving to the office, the average family spends 17,600 minutes driving each year. Yikes! Between work and school, there are many commitments, but driving to medical appointments does account for some of that logged driving time. If you have children, consider family dentistry as a way to consolidate everyone’s dental care under one roof.

What is family dentistry?

Family dentistry refers to a dental practice that focuses on the whole family; they do not focus on just one age group. With family dentistry, dentists and their staff are knowledgeable and trained to treat dental conditions from babies to seniors.

Oral health is important to both pediatric patients and adult patients alike. However, the needs of each age group vary quite a bit. Family dentists understand this.

Pediatric dental care

Maybe you have a teething baby, or perhaps baby just sprouted his first tooth – yay! The American Dental Association recommends that a baby should start seeing the dentist within six months of that first tooth popping up, preferably before his first birthday. Routine dental appointments for babies and children are important because:

  • Parents can learn how to care for baby teeth, including how and when to introduce fluoride toothpaste.
  • Toddler’s teeth can be examined, cleaned, checked for any problem areas. Fluoride treatments help protect children’s teeth from future decay.
  • Dentists can also address issues connected to thumb sucking.
  • Cavities can be caught early before too much damage is done: If you are concerned about your child’s cavities, speak with your dentist. Sometimes the solution is as easy as avoiding sugar drinks, juices, and candy.
  • Preventative treatments such as sealants can be performed.
  • As children start to lose their baby teeth, dentists can monitor the growth of adult teeth.
  • Dentists can refer younger patients to orthodontists if necessary.

The earlier children begin to see the dentist; the easier future appointments will be. Bringing children to routine dental appointments instills good oral hygiene habits that will benefit kids for years to come.

Adult dental care

While adults do not have to worry about losing baby teeth, adults do have their dental concerns. Some adult dental concerns fall under general dentistry, but a great deal does fall under the category of cosmetic dentistry.

Why are so many adult patients concerned with cosmetic dentistry? Cosmetic procedures, including teeth whitening, are needed as a result of the wear and tear on teeth as an individual age. Many adult beverages such as coffee or red wine can stain teeth; children typically do not have this problem as their drinks (water, milk) do not normally stain teeth.

Adult dental care includes:

  • Routine exams and cleanings
  • General dentistry including extractions, dentures, root canals, crowns, bridges, and TMJ therapy
  • Cosmetic dentistry including teeth whitening, veneers, composite fillings, and crown lengthening

Creative Dental is here to help the entire family

Whether you have a baby with one tooth or a seven-year-old with missing front teeth, family dentistry can address the needs of your entire family. For family dental care services, contact Creative Dental today.

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Mouthwash 101: Types of Mouthwash

If you’ve ever seen a mouthwash commercial, you know that mouthwashes are commonly used to freshen breath, but that’s not all mouthwash can do! As a part of a solid brushing and flossing routine, mouthwash can be very beneficial. However, stroll down the oral care aisle, and you’ll find yourself face to face with an aisle full of mouthwash. Why are there so many types of mouthwash? Which one do you need? This post will give you the scoop on mouthwash.

What is Mouthwash?

Mouthwash is a liquid that is swished in the mouth for a certain length of time, ranging from 30 seconds to one minute, depending on the product. The FDA groups mouthwashes into three types of categories:

  • Therapeutic: Therapeutic mouthwashes contain specific ingredients that assist in fighting tooth or mouth diseases. An example of a therapeutic mouthwash is an anti-gingivitis rinse.
  • Cosmetic: A primary goal of a cosmetic mouthwash is to remove odor-causing bacteria to freshen the breath. These are easily found over-the-counter, and they cannot treat tooth or mouth diseases.
  • Combination: A combination mouthwash serves to treat mouth conditions as well as address cosmetic concerns.

Types of Mouthwash

Mouthwash, whether it falls under the cosmetic or therapeutic category, is designed for a specific purpose. There are many types of mouthwashes including:

  • Whitening: Used in conjunction with a whitening toothpaste or perhaps even after a whitening treatment, a whitening mouthwash can maintain your pearly whites.
  • Medicated mouthwashes: Certain rinses can be prescribed to you to treat certain oral conditions such as dry mouth or bleeding gums.
  • Plaque control: These mouthwashes target plaque and work to eliminate it and stall the growth of tartar.
  • Child-friendly: These rinses typically do not have alcohol listed as an ingredient.
  • Homemade: A warm saltwater rinse is commonly used to after a tooth extraction or to help clean the mouth after an infection
  • Fluoride: Fluoride rinses can help prevent tooth decay, but it is very important that young children (or individuals who may swallow the rinse) do not use fluoride rinses as too much fluoride may be harmful.
  • Antiseptic: Many dentists suggest the use of an antiseptic rinse before and/or after surgery since these rinses contain chlorhexidine gluconate, which limits the growth of bacteria.

How do I know which mouthwash is right for me?

Although mouthwashes can be a very important part of your treatment plan, mouthwash alone should never replace brushing or flossing. If you opt for an over-the-counter mouthwash, always look for an ADA seal, which means that the American Dental Association considers that mouthwash to be safe. However, sometimes choosing an OTC mouthwash isn’t enough to address your specific dental needs. A dentist will be able to help you decide which type of mouthwash is right for you, and s/he can prescribe a medicated rinse if necessary.

If you have questions about which therapeutic mouthwash is right for your needs, your dentist can suggest an appropriate one. To make an appointment, contact us today.

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What is Burning Mouth Syndrome?

Burning mouth syndrome is a rare but debilitating ailment that affects about 20,000 people in the U.S. each year. While treatment for burning mouth syndrome is available, at present, there is no permanent cure for the condition. If you think you or a loved one may suffer from burning mouth syndrome, read on to learn more about the symptoms, causes and available treatments, including help from Creative Dental in Westfield, NJ.

What are the Symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome?

Burning mouth syndrome has particular symptoms that can be used to help diagnose this condition. A medical diagnosis is needed, but you and your dentist may be able to identify symptoms that could be related to burning mouth syndrome.

The areas affected by burning mouth syndrome include the tongue, inside of the cheeks, gums, lips, under the tongue, and the roof of the mouth. In some cases, the area affected may be sparse, while in others, the entire mouth is affected.

The symptoms of burning mouth syndrome can come on suddenly, or they may slowly develop over a length of time. Here are some of the symptoms of burning mouth syndrome.

  • Sensation of a scalded tongue, without being able to connect it with eating or drinking hot foods or beverages
  • Burning sensation in one or several areas of the mouth, including any part listed above.
  • Chronic dry mouth and insatiable thirst
  • Metallic or bitter taste in the mouth and/or throat
  • Decrease or absence of the sense of taste in a small patch of the tongue or all over

The timing of the symptoms of burning mouth syndrome is individual. In some persons, the symptoms happen every single day and become progressively worse as the day wears on. In others, symptoms of burning mouth syndrome are pretty steady from waking until falling asleep. In still others, symptoms of burning mouth syndrome are sporadic, with no discernible pattern.

What Causes Burning Mouth Syndrome?

There are two known types of causes of burning mouth syndrome, known as primary and secondary. The primary cause of burning mouth syndrome has to do with internal problems with the nervous system relating to sensory nerves. The possible secondary causes of burning mouth syndrome are more abundant. They include:

  • Chronic dry mouth
  • Oral fungal infection
  • Vitamin and/or mineral deficiency
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Allergic reactions
  • Chronic acid reflux
  • Medication side effects
  • Oral habits
  • Disorders of the endocrine system
  • Stress and/or depression
  • Soft tissue irritation

It’s important to note that while there is no cure for burning mouth syndrome itself, many of the secondary causes of burning mouth syndrome can be diagnosed and/or treated by a dentist. The only way to ensure that secondary causes are caught right away is to keep regularly scheduled appointments with your dentist.

What Treatments are Available for Burning Mouth Syndrome?

Your dentist will be the first person you can consult with about your oral health issues, and any symptoms of burning mouth syndrome that you may be experiencing. Treatment will be worked out between you, your dentist and your medical physician. Treatments may include:

  • Oral Rinses
  • Denture refitting
  • Prescription medication
  • Therapy
  • Saliva replacement products

There’s no need to suffer silently with burning mouth syndrome. If you suspect you may have this condition, contact the professionals at Creative Dental today to make an appointment. Your health depends on it!

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5 Signs That You Need Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the large molar teeth at the very back of your mouth. Although wisdom teeth are natural, there are times when your dentist in Westfield, NJ may recommend having them extracted. If the wisdom teeth have already grown in, the wisdom teeth can be pulled. If they haven’t yet broken the gum line, oral surgery may be warranted to remove the wisdom teeth. Here are some situations and wisdom teeth signs that they may have to go.

1. You are Getting Braces

If you are getting braces or another alignment treatment, your wisdom teeth may need to be removed. If your wisdom teeth haven’t come in yet, there’s a strong chance that when they do, they could undo all the work that was done by your braces. If your wisdom teeth are already grown in, they may still have to be removed, to ensure that the other teeth in your mouth can be aligned correctly.

2. You Have Jaw Pain

Since wisdom teeth are located so far back in the mouth, they can affect your jaw in some cases. There are times when wisdom teeth have been known to cause pain or discomfort in the jaw when talking or chewing. This is one of those wisdom teeth signs that your dentist in Westfield, NJ can help to diagnose if you do have chronic jaw pain. If it turns out that your wisdom teeth are to blame, their removal may take care of your jaw pain permanently.

3. You Have Sinus Trouble

Because of the location of your wisdom teeth, their root structure can push and rub against sinuses, causing a host of sinus issues. If you have chronic sinus trouble, such as frequent headaches, runny nose, sinus drip, or pain or tenderness between your eyes, talk to your dentist at Creative Dental to see about the chances that your wisdom teeth are to blame. If they are, an extraction or surgical removal could solve your sinus problems.

4. You Have Gum Disease

Wisdom teeth are susceptible to gum disease just like other teeth in your mouth. Because they are so far back in your mouth, it’s quite difficult to clean wisdom teeth properly. This can lead to bacteria build-up, cavities, and ultimately gum disease. Gum disease can then lead to other problems, with the potential to spread throughout your teeth and gums. If your wisdom teeth have developed gum disease around them, it’s likely that your dentist will recommend their removal. These wisdom teeth signs include redness, swelling, tenderness or bleeding gums.

5. They are Impacted

Impacted wisdom teeth happen when they don’t grow in precisely. This can occur for a variety of reasons, but the result is the same. A painful, swollen area that will not resolve itself without medical intervention. If you do have impacted wisdom teeth, you’ll need to have them surgically removed.

We will be able to diagnose and advise you as to whether you have an oral health condition that may require the removal of your wisdom teeth. Call or email today to make an appointment to have your wisdom teeth checked.

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How to Improve Your Smile in Pictures

Are you often disappointed by the way your smile looks in pictures? Your smile plays an important part in how you come across in images. Don’t let your teeth ruin what could potentially be a beautiful smile. Here are some tips on how to improve your smile in pictures.

Brush and Floss

The first step in ensuring a beautiful smile is to practice good oral hygiene. This includes proper brushing and flossing techniques. For best results, you should replace your toothbrush at least once a month. This will help to prevent bacteria from building up on your toothbrush, as well as ensure that you aren’t using bristles that have lost their integrity.

Use toothpaste that is recommended by your dentist, or by the American Dental Association. If discoloration is an issue, opt for toothpaste that contains whitening ingredients. Floss after each meal to prevent cavities from forming in between teeth. Use an anti-bacterial mouthwash as a follow-up after every brushing and flossing to get rid of even more unwanted bacteria.

Have Teeth Professionally Whitened

There’s no substitute for professional teeth whitening. At Creative Dental in Westfield, NJ, professional teeth whitening is available, along with a free consultation. In many cases, you can expect results that will make your teeth 2-3 times whiter than before. After the non-invasive procedure, you will have a winning smile for all your photographs.

Get Snap-On Smile

If you’re looking for a fast, transformation smile, consider the Snap-On Smile, available at Creative Dental. The Snap-On Smile is an easy, fast and painless way to transform your smile from flawed to perfect instantly. This apparatus can be inserted and removed by you, just in time for all your photo opportunities. With just two visits, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted for yourself but never dreamed possible.

Get Porcelain Veneers

If you prefer a more permanent solution to a beautiful smile for pictures, consider getting porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are fitted over your regular teeth, after some minor procedures by your Westfield, NJ dentist. The best part is, porcelain veneers are so realistic looking, no one will know they aren’t part of your natural teeth, in pictures or real life. The results are dramatic, long lasting and impressive.

Have Botox Treatments

One of the most obvious signs of aging is the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the lips and smile area. Unfortunately, this is a common problem that looks even worse when you express a wide smile, such as in photographs. Botox is a treatment that delivers proven and excellent results in eliminating the appearance of those aging lines and wrinkles. At Creative Dental, you can get Botox treatments independently, or in addition to other cosmetic or general dentistry treatments like implants, dentures, teeth whitening or other procedures.

Don’t suffer from one more unflattering picture, just because your smile is not what you’d like it to be. With a combination of good oral hygiene and one or more dental treatments, you can have the smile that you’ve always wanted. Contact Creative Dental in Westfield, NJ to make an appointment today!

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